Cryotherapy, maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. Eitherway what exactly is it? Cryotherapy involves standing in a freezing cold, negative 200 degree F or colder, tank for several minutes. The claim it has is to help lose weight, reduce pain, inflammation, improve performance, and sleep. But does it work or is it just another fitness fad? First of all, Cryotherapy is not regulated by the US FDA and is not intended to for disease prevention or treatment. So, let’s discuss some of the claims.
Relieves Muscle and Joint Pain
Realistically, this should work. With a sprained ankle or sore knee, or anything minor, the normal thing to do is apply ice to the effected area. This is highly effective in relieving pain and reducing inflammation. But, should your whole body take the treatment for a result? With reviews that are mostly positive in soreness relief it’s hard to deny it’s effectiveness. Unfortunately, cryotherapy has no sufficient evidence.
Promotes Weight Loss
It may work, but it’s definitely not a long term answer. Cold temperatures cause your body to boost your metabolism and forces your body to work harder, which does in turn burn calories. Being a several minute treatment, cryotherapy won’t get results that are usually desired. Because it is so convenient doesn’t mean it’s the right solution. There are much better ways to lose weight.
In short, yes. Cryotherapy triggers anti-inflammatory norepinephrine to be released that reduces short-term pain from injuries. It has been used for rheumatic diseases since the 1970s in Japan. It has helped relieve chronic pain areas.
Cryotherapy isn’t for everyone and won’t solve all the problems. Talk to your doctor and discuss if you should be recommended. This could be a wonderful tool for many people, just make sure it’s right for you.